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NORTH QUEENSFERRY, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 28: A child's plastic toy lies among some of the thousands of plastic pellets along the high water mark on the Firth of Forth, as a new map is published by a charity group showing the extent of marine litter and pollution around Scotland's coastline, on August 28, 2018 in North Queensferry, Scotland. The charity Sky Watch Civil Air Patrol have been surveying some of Scotland's coastline by air, using aerial photography to pinpoint pollution hotspots, and in collaboration with Moray Firth Partnership and the Marine Conservation Society have produced an interactive online map which it is hoped will help understand sources of pollution and facilitate clean-up efforts. (Photo by Ken Jack - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
NORTH QUEENSFERRY, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 28: A child's plastic toy lies among some of the thousands of plastic pellets along the high water mark on the Firth of Forth, as a new map is published by a charity group showing the extent of marine litter and pollution around Scotland's coastline, on August 28, 2018 in North Queensferry, Scotland. The charity Sky Watch Civil Air Patrol have been surveying some of Scotland's coastline by air, using aerial photography to pinpoint pollution hotspots, and in collaboration with Moray Firth Partnership and the Marine Conservation Society have produced an interactive online map which it is hoped will help understand sources of pollution and facilitate clean-up efforts. (Photo by Ken Jack - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

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